is an extended family of related typeface
s designed by Charles Bigelow (type designer)|Charles Bigelow
and Kris Holmes
in 1985. The family is intended to be extremely legible when printed at small size or displayed on a low-resolution display - hence the name, from 'lucid' (clear or easy to understand).
There are many variants of Lucida, including serif
(Fax, Bright), sans-serif
(Sans, Lucida Sans Unicode|Sans Unicode
, Lucida Grande|Grande
, Sans Typewriter) and scripts (Blackletter, Calligraphy, Handwriting). Many are released with other software, most notably Microsoft Office
Bigelow & Holmes, together with the (now defunct) TeX
vendor Y&Y, extended the Lucida family with a full set of TeX mathematical symbols, making it one of the few typefaces that provide full-featured text and mathematical typesetting
within TeX. Lucida is still licensed commercially through the TeX Users...